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8 of the world’s most spectacular bridges

Yes, they get us from one location to another with ease, but there is more to bridges than that. They can be spectacular works of architecture – and art.

Bay Bridge, San Francisco at night
Bay Bridge, San Francisco at night
Image: DH Parks via Flickr

YES, BRIDGES ARE a fantastic invention that help us traverse swathes of land and miles of sea in a fraction of the time it would usually take us to get from A to B…

But they’re not just functional – they can be spectacular too.

Travel + Leisure recently undertook a survey of the most spectacular bridges around the world, and the results are wonderful.

From the world’s oldest bridges – like Lucerne’s covered bridge – to some of the most audacious designs (Brazil’s Juscelino Kubitschek bridge), they showcase the ingenuity of the designers.

Here are eight of the best bridges, spanning time as well as place.

Which one is your favourite?

8 of the world’s most spectacular bridges
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  • Bay Bridge, San Francisco, USA

  • Bixby Creek Bridge, Big Sur, California, USA

  • Juscelino Kubitschek bridge, Brazil

  • Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic

  • Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

  • Chapel Bridge, Lucerne, Switzerland

  • Millau Viaduct, Millau-Creissels, France

  • Rialto Bridge, Venice, Italy

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